Here is a link to this course offered by Dianne Sutherland: http://www.botanicalart-online.com This class has a Facebook group that really keeps the students and teacher connected. I can't say enough good things about this course. I'm learning so much.
I'm taking a botanical illustration class with Dianne Sutherland from the UK online which I couldn't be more excited about. Here are some leaf studies and a photo I took of this really cool looking weed called thistle.
Here's one painted from a reference photo taken at the Brookwood Philharmonic Orchestra Concert. Before the concert all of the musicians take a few minutes to tune their instruments. There is usually so much activity while everyone is preparing to begin. I was lucky enough to be sitting on the front row when I took this picture. There is a blue cast to the lighting in this room which compliments the warm burnt sienna color of the string instruments.
This is a small abstract study for the larger painting below. In this one I'm working out my colors that I used in the larger piece. This one below will be for sale at LONA Gallery in downtown Lawrenceville, GA
Yesterday was gorgeous! The sky was so blue and I can tell that Spring will be here soon. Everything is beginning to bloom and this is just the start. Can't wait for Atlanta during spring! Here's my oil painting from yesterday. Kay Hibbard another artist friend of mine and I came here to set up an paint. Her website with her beautiful work can be found here: http://kayhibbard.com. We were only there a little over 2 hours and the light was changing on the pine tree that I was painting and shadows on the ground. This picture doesn't show the beautiful bright contrast that I started with. Now I have so many paintings to finish. At least this one captured that moment when the light was just right.
In Progress - Saucer Magnolia Watercolor botanical
My artist friends and I went plein air painting here at the Payne-Corley House in Duluth, GA late Friday afternoon. There is a beautiful (and famous) saucer magnolia tree in the front yard. I read on their website that this tree is the largest one of its kind in the state of Georgia. Even though my plein air piece is worthy of the trash can I did get plenty of reference photos while we were there. I'm using one of the reference photos to paint this watercolor botanical. ...still have a ways to go before its finished.
Here is one of my gouache value sketches of this beautiful home. I feel like a fish out of water with this new medium and figured I better start with a value study before adding a full palette. This piece was also painted in my studio using a reference photo.
Here is a watercolor sketch on a cloudy day. I have been extra busy with my graphic design work and have not spent much time at all painting. Whenever I take the time to paint, usually at the end of the day, I'm refreshed because it helps me to unwind. The kind of graphics work I've been doing is super focused environmental graphic design involving bank way finding signage. Pretty much the exact opposite of this. It's a nice balance.
I hope to keep experimenting with watercolor and gouache more and more. This medium takes no time to set up and travel with. My family and I are taking a trip soon up the east coast and I plan to do a little plein air painting if they let me. I want to improve in these water media skills for just that reason.
Here is a sketch from my sketchbook. This was drawn from a photo of a recent trip my kids and I took to IKEA.
I'm glad to say that I was able to paint or draw for 23 of the 30 days. This was a fun challenge and I hope to continue to paint daily and upload work to this blog once every week. Here is a link to the finished work of the artists that participated. It's fun to see all of the collages https://www.saetastudio.com/30-in-30-blog. Hope to do it again later this year!
Here's a quick oil color study. This was a concert played at The Classic Center in Athens, GA. These are orchestra high school students in a special choir called the Cello Bass Choir. They practice separately from their regular orchestra. One of them is my daughter. They played up on the balcony for the visitors that were entering the center.
I drew my tomato sandwich last night in a sketch and wash carbon pencil then added watercolor to the painting to give it color....I still want to experiment with different water base mediums like gouache.
Water-soluble Graphite and Watercolor on Hot Press Paper
Whenever my older son comes home to visit. He and my daughter pick up their instruments and start jamming. In this sketch, my son is playing my daughter's smaller guitar and she's playing her ukylalle (her normal instrument is the cello). He is in a band called Red Sea that just came back from touring the East coast. My daughter will be playing with her orchestra at Carnegie Hall later this spring. I'm one proud mom.
Also, I've painted for 15 days straight.... woohoo!...15 more to go in my 30 In 30.
Whenever I'm stuck and not sure what to paint I go to the website called Paint My Photo. This is a great site for artists because there is a variety of painting reference photos to choose from without the fear of infringing copyright. Members of the site graciously upload their own photos to display and share.
This photo is one that I immediately connected to because I grew up around horses. We had 100 acres and about 4 or 5 Quarter horses. I can remember how much joy we had from trail riding them but I can also remember the work that they required. Before going to school, I was up at dark, putting my boots on to feed and water them before leaving. I can imagine this young girl can relate.
My family and I go to Destin, Florida every summer and have been doing so for over 20 years. This past summer I took this photo of these two little girls that looked like sisters. My kids and I watched as they were carefully walking out into the shallow water. It reminded me of when my two boys were little.